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Fans Favor 'All Others', but Unbeaten Uncle Mo Not Far Behind After Opening Day of Derby Futures Pool 1

The betting interest known as “All Others” has been favored in every opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) since the bet was created in 1999, but results of the first day of the 2011 Derby Future bet indicate that Repole Stable’s unbeaten champion Uncle Mo could possess the star power and public support to make history this year.

Unbeaten Uncle Mo Is Favored Individual Horse in Opening Pool 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, the unbeaten 2-year-old champion of 2010 and winner of last fall’s Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Churchill Downs, is a strong individual favorite in the first of three betting pools in Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).  But the mutuel field, or “All Others”, is expected to again be the bettors’ choice when the Feb.

Road to the Roses Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge Now Open

Churchill Downs’ “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge presented by WinStar Farm is back. The free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders during the three-month buildup to the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) is now open for registration.

2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships Event Logo Introduced

The Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs today introduced the official event logo for the 28th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held on November 4-5. The 2011 World Championships, consisting of 14 races and $26 million in purses over the two days, will be run at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby for a record eighth time.

Uncle Mo On Top of Initial Kentucky Derby Graded Stakes Earnings List

Uncle Mo, the flashy unbeaten winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November, enters this year’s 3-year-old season atop the Graded Stakes Earnings list that will likely determine the participants in the field for the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.

2011 Nominees to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown

2011 TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES
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Unbeaten Champion Uncle Mo Heads Roster of 364 Early Nominees to 2011 Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown

Headed by unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) and Eclipse Award champion Uncle Mo, 364 3-year-old Thoroughbreds have been nominated early as prospects to contest the 2011 renewals of the three classic races that make up American horse racing’s Triple Crown.

MainGate, Churchill Downs Launch New KentuckyDerbyStore.com

MainGate Inc., the premier event retail and online merchandising company in the country, and Churchill Downs, home of the world’s most legendary racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, announce a three-year partnership for MainGate to be an official licensee, handle official off-site retail locations and to launch the new Kentucky Derby e-commerce website, KentuckyDerbyStore.com.

Churchill Downs Sets Dates for 2011 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pools

Churchill Downs has established dates for a trio of three-day betting pools in its 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) and a single pool for this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).

Dates established for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is being conducted for the 13th consecutive year, are:

Churchill Downs' Trackside OTB Closed Thursday, Jan. 20, In Anticipation of Winter Storm

An approaching winter storm has prompted Churchill Downs officials to cancel simulcast wagering for Thursday, Jan. 20, at its Trackside at Churchill Downs off-track betting facility.

Kentucky Oaks Purse Raised to $1 Million Guaranteed; 2011 Spring Stakes List Has 25 Events, Purses of $7.325 Million

The 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies has been raised to $1 million guaranteed, which doubles the purse offered in 2010.

Churchill Downs, Yum! Brands Announce Five-Year Extension of Kentucky Derby Presenting Sponsorship Agreement

Churchill Downs Racetrack and Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) today announced a five-year extension of their 2006 agreement that made the world’s largest restaurant company the first named presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, the historic track’s signature race and one of the country’s  major sports and entertainment events.

Emotional Farewell to Popular Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Caps Churchill Downs' 2010 Fall Meet

The curtain dropped on the Churchill Downs Fall Meet on Sunday, Nov.

C.S. Silk Romps by 9 3/4 Lengths in Closing-Day Feature

William Pacella, George Bonomo and Fred Barbara’s C.S. Silk swept to the lead entering the top of the stretch and drew off to a 9 ¾-length victory in the $67,606 Top Corsage Purse, the closing-day feature on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Jockey Club Winner Santiva, Golden Rod Heroine Kathmanblu Well After 'Stars of Tomorrow' Triumphs

KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB WINNER SANTIVA FLORIDA-BOUND MONDAY – Things were quiet at the Eddie Kenneally barn on Sunday morning and assistant Brendan Walsh reported all was well with Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Santiva.

Santiva Fights Off Favored Astrology, Major Gain To Make Kentucky Jockey Club His First Career Win

Tom Walters’ Santiva outgamed favored Astrology and Major Gain in a stretch-long duel to win the 84th running of the $165,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) for 2-year-olds by a half-length on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Kathmanblu Dominant 8 1/2-Length Winner In Return To Dirt in Grade II Golden Rod

Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu swept to the lead at the head of the stretch and drew off by 8 ½ lengths to win the 67th running of the $163,800 Golden Rod Stakes (GII) for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Clark 'Cap Winner Giant Oak Set For Sunday Journey to Winter Quarters In Florida

CLARK WINNER GIANT OAK HEADING TO FLORIDA ON SUNDAY – Drew Coontz, assistant to trainer Chris Block, was all smiles Saturday morning a day after Giant Oak brought the month of November to a successful close for the barn.

“I’m on Cloud Nine,” Coontz said. “It’s like winning the (Kentucky) Oaks and (Kentucky) Derby.”

Giant Oak Takes Rough and Tumble 136th Clark Handicap Via Disqualification of Favored Successful Dan

The Virginia H Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak was elevated to first place on the disqualification of Successful Dan in a roughly run stretch battle to win the 136th running of the $564,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) for 3-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Giant Oak, Block Bid for Falls City-Clark Double Started by Dundalk Dust

BLOCK HOPES TO COMPLETE FALLS CITY-CLARK DOUBLE WITH GIANT OAK – The most recent time a trainer has swept the Falls City Handicap (Grade II) and the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) the same year was in 2005 when Todd Pletcher won the former with Indian Vale and the latter with Magna Graduate.